How To Do a Brush Up Hairstyle for Men

Brushed hairstyles are often seen as a men’s haircut. It is fun molded and styled with gel and hair dryer. This kind of hairstyle works well with brunette hair. With just a little gel or pomade one can easily achieved the look. Fingers are commonly used in brushing the hair back. Apparently, brushed hairstyles are also seen worn by women but in a more different perspective and by the use of different types of brushes.

Choosing the Right Brushed Hairstyles

Brushed up Hairstyle

If you are planning to wear brushed hairstyles, hair brushes are must-have tools since it will look after and style your locks. In addition, you must know the different types of hair brushes in order for you to identify the essential one that can suit your desired brushed hairstyle. If you want great curls, the radial hair brushes would be perfect option. To achieve the desired curls with this brush, you need to know the correct technique of blow drying.

Types of Hair Brushes

Paddle hair brushes are great for detangling and smoothing hair and boosting its sleekness and shine. It makes the cuticles of your hair stay flat. This type of hair brush can really suit different textures and types of hair from thick long hairstyles to baby-fine hair. A military hair brush is commonly called as a guy’s hairbrush since it does have any handle and often held with the use the hand’s palm. This hairbrush type is used for conservative slicked-back and old school hairstyles.

Other types of hairbrush that you can use in achieving brushed hairstyles include the round or radial hairbrush and half-radial hairbrush. Both of these hairbrush types can be made with ceramic, timber, and with vents.

How to do the Brush Up hairstyle

First and foremost, youll need the right haircut for the Brush Up. Aim for a medium length on the top of your head, ideally between 4 to 6 inches. If your hair isnt already at this length, consider growing it out. As mentioned earlier, the sides and back of your head should be clipped very short in a taper, fade, or undercut style. The choice is yours, although men with curly hair may want to opt for a taper cut with clippers to avoid the walking mushroom effect caused by sharp haircuts and undercuts.

Once you have the right haircut, its time to style your Brush Up. Before you begin styling, make sure you have the necessary tools: hair wax, hair mousse, a comb, and a high-quality hair dryer. Specific product recommendations will be provided later in this guide.

To style your Brush Up, start with damp hair, ensuring its neither dripping wet nor too dry. Coat your hair with either hair wax or hair mousse (the difference between the two will be explained later). Then, grab your hair dryer and lift your hair up with your fingers while pointing the dryer towards your hair. This will create the initial volume and allow you to gauge how much lift you can achieve. Continue lifting your hair with your fingers until youre satisfied with the height, or use a comb to carefully lift the hair while directing the dryers airflow. You can apply more product as needed during this process.

While I cover everything about hair styling and grooming in my book, The Men’s Hair Book, you can also browse Manly Curls for additional guides on hair styling and grooming. I highly recommend reading my hair dryer guide to learn how to use it effectively. Styling your hair with your fingers should feel intuitive, but The Men’s Hair Book covers all hairstyling techniques in detail, along with other valuable information. My goal with The Men’s Hair Book was to create an encyclopedia-like resource for mens hair that is free of fluff and estrogen-raising content, unlike much of the content available elsewhere.


Brushed hairstyles, often associated with men’s haircuts, offer a fun and versatile look that can be achieved with just a little gel or pomade. While traditionally seen as a men’s hairstyle, brushed hairstyles are also worn by women, albeit with different techniques and brush types. Understanding the right tools, such as paddle brushes for detangling and radial brushes for creating curls, is essential for achieving the desired look. Additionally, knowing how to style specific brushed hairstyles, like the Brush Up, requires the right haircut and tools like hair wax, mousse, a comb, and a hair dryer. By mastering the techniques and tools needed for brushed hairstyles, individuals can effortlessly achieve sleek and polished looks that suit their personal style.

Leave a Comment